It is with great sadness that I inform the House that Peter Hilder, a local Maitland identity, passed away earlier this week. Peter was a well-known and recognised member of the Maitland business community who became actively involved in the Maitland Business Chamber, serving as vice-president and president for many years. It was through his involvement in the chamber that he became a founding member of Youth Express, a work placement program that actively and effectively linked young people, schools and industry in a learning capacity.
Peter was the chair of Youth Express for more than 23 years—an amazing achievement. Through Peter's effort and persistence, more than 35,000 young people in the Hunter have benefited from Youth Express. He made a significant difference in the lives of many of Maitland's youth. Peter's passing has left an incredible hole in the Hunter community.